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TopTropicals Newsletter / 15 Oct 2020
Tropical Plant Art Contest. Hibiscus El Capitolio. Fertilizing Mango in Winter. Lots of new arrivals of rare plants.

The Art of Tropical Plants

"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures."
- Henry Ward Breecher -

In the photo: "TopTropicals Theme" by Steven Gowdy.

Tropical Plant Art Contest

Photo above: "Still Life With Sansevieria" by Mark Hooten

Plant people are not only the most hard working, kind, and happy people. They are also the most creative people! Here at TopTropicals, 50% of our team members are artists (another 50% are writers...). Check out Art of Tropicals by Mark Hooten.
We are sure there are many talents among our customers... Everyone deserves to be famous.

Show your Art to the World!

Send us a photo of your authentic painting of any tropical flower or fruit from TopTropicals.com catalog or store, and win a prize - a plant of your choice, up to $100 worth, with free shipping to your door! Yes, that's right,

$100 plant for free!

All paintings will be featured on our website and social media, and the winner will get the prize!

Contest rules:

1) you are the artist = the painting must be made by you;
2) the painting must show any tropical flower of fruit from TopTropicals catalog.
Browse photos of beautiful tropical plants and pick your favorite for your painting!
3) Take a picture of your painting and send to us using our Contact Form.

Hurry up! The deadline for sending photos of your art: October 31, 2020.
The Winner will be selected November 1 by TopTropicals Art Committee. See also: Facebook Event Page.

Photo above: "Still Life With Heirloom Geraniums" by Mark Hooten

Plant of the Month:
Hibiscus El Capitolio

Stevie's Pick: what's in bloom?

Our exotic plant grower Steven Gowdy will spotlight the most interesting plants he discovers and recommends today while working in TopTropicals greenhouses.

OMG! These plants are awesome. The flowers are stunning, ruffled, brightly colored. These are very unique double flowers about 5" long, with ruffled petals, followed by a sort of a stamen, than more ruffled petals... Wow. These are the perfect plants - they can be grown in a container or in-ground, in full sun. They are drought and disease resistant, ever-blooming, can be pruned into a standard weeping tree, or pruned into a bush... It's a convenient, dream plant! Prune frequently, because it blooms on new wood.
Hibiscus El Capitolio grows best in zones 9 through 11. In colder climates leave it in a container outside in the summer months, but bring inside in the winter months.
Remember - ever-blooming! You prune and they will flower all year long. These are fabulous plants that will satisfy any first-time or experienced gardener: you just can't go wrong El Capitolio! They will have you growing happiness... That's true.

Stevie with Kristi and Jamie celebrating his Happy Birthday. Check out Stevie's painting "TopTropicals Theme" at the beginning of this newsletter!

Healthy Plants: Q&A from Mr Booster

Fertilizing Mango trees in Winter

Q: I'm living in Maryland growing zone 7A and would like some info on when to fertilize my potted mango trees. I ordered your Sunshine Mango Tango 2-2-4. All your mango trees are in pots.

A: You can start using this fertilizer right away, any time of the year, and every time you water your plants.
Sunshine Mango Tango, as well as other Sunshine boosters, is an amino-acid based liquid fertilizer that is scientifically developed for daily plant needs in all necessary nutrients. This means, you may use this fertilizer with every watering, including winter period.
Traditional fertilizers (both granulated and soluble, EDTA-chelated) can only be used during hot months while plants grow actively, and must be limited or not used at all during cooler months, to avoid nutrient lock up in soil (which basically means "building up unused elements"). With Liquid Sunshine Boosters, it is safe to add them every time you water your tree.
During cooler weather and when plant metabolism slows down, a tree will consume less water (as well as food), and you will automatically reduce watering, to keep over-wintering plants on a dry side. This means, less fertilizer too. This allows you to control elements intake naturally, like you control water amount just as much as the plant needs.

New arrivals of rare species


Anthurium bonplandii Cobra
6615 Anthurium bonplandii Cobra
Grown in 4-6" pot
$39.00

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Dischidia ruscifolia - Million Hearts
6617 Dischidia ruscifolia - Million Hearts
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot
$39.00

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Gardenia gjellerupii -Thai   Gardenia
3889 Gardenia gjellerupii -Thai Gardenia
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot
$54.00

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Iguanura wallichiana Major - Tronok Palm
6618 Iguanura wallichiana Major - Tronok Palm
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot
$69.00

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Marojejya darianii - Big Leaf   Palm
6619 Marojejya darianii - Big Leaf Palm
Grown in 6"/ 1 gal pot
$89.00

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Monstera karstenianum Peru
6620 Monstera karstenianum Peru
Grown in 4-6" pot
$49.00

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Philodendron squamiferum - Fuzzy Red
6621 Philodendron squamiferum - Fuzzy Red
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot
$69.00

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Philodendron subhastatum - Red Jacket
6622 Philodendron subhastatum - Red Jacket
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot
$69.00

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Strophanthus speciosus - Corkscrew Flower
3322 Strophanthus speciosus - Corkscrew Flower
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot, small plant
$54.00

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Wrightia religiosa - Sacred Buddhist
2085 Wrightia religiosa - Sacred Buddhist
Grown in 6"-10"/ 1-3 gal pot
$44.00

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Alocasia reginula - Black   Velvet
6614 Alocasia reginula - Black Velvet
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot
$49.00

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Jasminum dichotomum - Rose Bud Jasmine
2287 Jasminum dichotomum - Rose Bud Jasmine
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot
$39.00

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Adonidia merrilli variegata - var Philippine Gold
6360 Adonidia merrilli variegata - var Philippine Gold
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot, small plant
$74.00

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Alocasia Stingray
1062 Alocasia Stingray
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot
$34.00

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Antigonon leptopus - Mexican Coral Vine
1334 Antigonon leptopus - Mexican Coral Vine
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot, on trellis
$39.00  
Sale: $34.00

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Brunfelsia isola - Lavender Lady of the   Night
3699 Brunfelsia isola - Lavender Lady of the Night
Grown in 6"-10"/ 1-3 gal pot
$39.00

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Brunfelsia maliformis - Lady of the Night
4709 Brunfelsia maliformis - Lady of the Night
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
$39.00

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Brunfelsia nitida - Lady of the night
1311 Brunfelsia nitida - Lady of the night
Grown in 6"-10"/ 1-3 gal pot
$34.00

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Adansonia digitata - Baobab Tree
2836 Adansonia digitata - Baobab Tree
Grown in 10"/ 3 gal pot
$49.00

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Alocasia Regal   Shields
5397 Alocasia Regal Shields
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
$34.00

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Clitoria ternatea - Blue Butterfly Pea
1318 Clitoria ternatea - Blue Butterfly Pea
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
$39.00

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Crossandra Nile Queen Red
1342 Crossandra Nile Queen Red
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
$34.00

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Dissotis rotundifolia - Spanish Shawl
2020 Dissotis rotundifolia - Spanish Shawl
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot
$24.00

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Hoya Retusa - Grass-leafed Hoya
6597 Hoya Retusa - Grass-leafed Hoya
Grown in 4-6" pot
$49.00  
Sale: $39.00

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Leea macrophylla - Hathikana, Large-leaved Leea
6369 Leea macrophylla - Hathikana, Large-leaved Leea
Grown in 6-10"/1-3 gal pot
$75.00

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Neomarica caerulea - Iris Regina
4938 Neomarica caerulea - Iris Regina
Grown in 1gal pot.
$29.00

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Thunbergia laurifolia - Blue Sky vine
1292 Thunbergia laurifolia - Blue Sky vine
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot, large plant
$39.00

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13890 Orange River Blvd, Ft Myers, FL 33905
Phone: 239-689-5745

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